Dealing With Rejection

For those of you that don’t know, first and foremost I am an actor and these last few weeks have been brutal for me on the acting front. I was up for a series regular role on a half hour kids show. The first audition went great. Then my agent called to tell me I got the callback and proceeded to give me notes from the producers who requested that I make some minor adjustments. No problem. She also told me that the callback was the deciding factor on who would actually test for the network. I didn’t test.

Then this past week I was up for a great role at one of the top five equity houses in Los Angeles. This audition was a big deal for me because I have been trying to get in front of this artist director for a long time! I didn’t even get the call back, Ugh.

I spent a few days licking my wounds and pouring all my energy into my current idea 2 pre-production clients and my feature film. Then low and behold, Sunday morning I receive a notice that my short screenplay DRUNKBOOK is a quarter finalist at The Austin Revolution Film Festival! Regardless of whether or not it advances past this stage, can I just say that the timing was superb. I really needed to hear that at least one thing in my creative life was going right.

It was also a great motivator for me to keep creating. The truth of the matter is I don’t know when I’m going to book my series regular role. I don’t know when I’ll get to work with Ava DuVernay, Woody Allen or David Lynch. What I do know is that sometime next year i’ll be starring in my own film Drunkbook, and I’ll be releasing my feature film 3 Degrees of Connection out into the world. I guess this is how I deal with rejection. I cry a little, lick my wounds and then go work on my own projects.

Keep it moving good people, don’t give up and most important of all, keep creating!